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Lyrical Baseball Tournament, Harmonic Series, Game 5: Shut out and shut down

Wrap it up, put it in a box, and send it home.

St. Louis Cardinals Player Stan Musial Batting During Game
I already used a picture of Don Newcombe, but Musial is more than worthy here.

What’s the most classic Game 5 in history? (Since this didn’t take place in history, this one doesn’t count.)

Game 5 Lineups

6 - Stan Hack - 3B 24 - Willie Mays - CF
5 - Lou Boudreau - SS 6 - Stan Musial - LF
10 - Johnny Mize - 1B 5 - George Brett - 3B
14 - Frenchy Bordagaray - CF 18 - Ted Kluszewski - 1B
48 - Andy Pafko - RF 42 - Jackie Robinson - 2B
23 - Augie Galan - LF 10 - Phil Rizzuto - SS
8 - Rocky Bridges - 2B 9 - Ralph Kiner - LF
35 - Ernie Lombardi - C 39 - Roy Campanella - C
31 - Harry Brecheen - P 36 - Don Newcombe P


There was nothing particularly ceremonious about the Filial Cashmen’s series-clinching Game 5.

Just thorough dominance from beginning to end.

Don Newcombe pitched a five-hit shutout, Ralph Kiner and Stan Musial homered, and the Cashmen claimed Harmonic Series triumph with a 4-0 victory.

Once more, Newcombe outpitched pitching Triple Crown winner Harry Brecheen, who lasted five innings, giving up six hits and one run.

Brecheen was regularly knocked around by the Cashmen, who put at least one runner on base in each of the first five innings. But the home squad did not get on the scoreboard until Kiner’s solo homer in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Newcombe was keeping the Fungoes off the bases; when they did reach bases, they twice ran themselves out of threats via K-CS double plays. Frenchy Bordagaray was the only Fungo runner to reach third base, leading off the second with a double and, after Andy Pafko’s groundout, moving to third on an Augie Galan fly ball. However, third base was where he would remain, thanks to Newcombe striking out Rocky Bridges.

After Brecheen left the game, Hugh Mulcahy entered and pitched a perfect sixth, but the Cashmen knocked him out of the game in the seventh. Willie Mays led off the inning by doubling to center, and Musial followed with a deep fly that snuck just inside the foul pole. Mulcahy and Howie Pollet would retire the next three batters, but three runs was already too much for the Fungoes to overcome.

Those three runs became four an inning later: Kiner walked, moved to third on Newcombe’s second double of the game, and scored on Mays’ single.

It took until the ninth, but the Fungoes finally put two men on in an inning. After two groundouts, Johnny Mize and Bordagaray singled, but Newcombe struck out Pafko to spark the on-field celebration.

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